Johannesburg - Police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse angry Diepkloof hostel residents in Soweto who were protesting against poor living conditions.
The residents were demanding that the City of Joburg explain why they didn't have electricity after begging the government for more than 20 years.
One of the organisers of the protest, Sipho Zwane, said the government had failed to fulfil its promise to demolish the hostel and build decent houses.
“The government told us that they wanted to demolish these old hostels to put us into temporary shacks (while they build houses). It was better because those shacks have electricity but they moved only a few people and stopped,” said Zwane, who said he had been living at the hostel for 20 years.
Zwane said it seemed like the government's plans to change people's living conditions had stalled and that officials ran away every time residents demanded answers.